36 hours in Barcelona

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Bubbly, bustling beautiful Barcelona is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. With countless top notch restaurants, cool bars,  great shopping and the ocean at its doorstep, Barcelona effortlessly fuses the feel of a metropolitan city with the ease of a beach resort.   Proudly Catalán, Barcelona differs from other Spanish cities due to its linguistic diversity. Menus in most restaurants can be found in Catalán, Spanish and English. Barcelona’s avant-garde Gaudi architecture is reflected by its equally experimental and creative gastro scene. No first time visitor to Barcelona, this trip focused on exploring Barcelona’s culinary options and then burning these extra calories on extensive shopping trips.

Eat

Cinc Sentits

The minimalist entrance leads to this tiny restaurant which hosts roughly 10 tables. The interior is clean yet intimate and on a Friday night the restaurant is fully booked and fills up as time goes by.

Famous for its playful take on Catalán cuisine, Cinc Sentits has established itself as one of Barcelona’s best gourmet addresses. The menu is presented on 3 lanterns and the menu starts with a Pernod to get our taste buds prepared for a set of Tapas followed by various  http://cincsentits.com/en/food/

La Bonne Vivante Tip: Ask for a table at the end of the restaurant as these are a bit more intimate.

La Boca Grande

Since its opening Boca Grande has become one of Barcelona’s coolest hangouts. Barcelona locals flock here however the news have spread and you’ll see some tourists too.

And not surprisingly so. The restaurant’s interior is gorgeous with a beautiful, luminated patio and cozy tables. The menu certainly does not try to reinvent the culinary wheel and focuses on safe choices such as Jamon iberico, fresh fish, oysters and meat. Everything is expertly prepared though. It also hosts an equally cool bar called Boca Chica with a creative cocktail list.

La Bonne Vivante Tip: While having dinner,  let the waiter reserve a table at the bar for you as the bar can get pretty packed as the evening progresses.

Arola at the Barcelona Arts Hotel

What’s better than starting your Sunday morning with a relaxed brunch. After a walk by the by the beach,  we venture to the Arola Hotel which serves a 3-4 course brunch on Sundays. The brunch menu includes one glass of Wine or Cava, croissants, a hot starter,  your choice of eggs, a main course which includes seafood, risotto or pasta and a desert buffet. While we are more acquainted with brunch a discretion this menu based brunch was fun too. Brunch is served every Sunday from 1.30-3.30 pm. Address: -21, Carrer de la Marina, 19, 08005 Barcelona, Spain, Phone:+34 932 21 10 00

La Bonne Vivante Tip: After indulging in a rich buffet, relax with a glass of Cava and sunbath on the restaurant’s large terrace.

Sleep

The Mandarin Oriental Feel like Splurging? Well then this might be your next address. Located in chic Passeig de Gracia, the Mandarin Oriental offers luxurious rooms and impeccable service at an equally impressive price tag.nhttp://www.mandarinoriental.de/barcelona/?kw=barcelona-mandarin-oriental_b&htl=MOBCN&eng=Google_DE&src=PPC&gclid=CK_17PDOyssCFQtAGwodCNcBTw

Le Meridian at la Rambla Location is everything. Le Meridian offers functional, modern rooms and friendly service however it is the location which counts. Only steps away from Las Ramblas you are in the heart of the city. http://www.lemeridienbarcelona.com/

The Art Hotel Barcelona, Eat, sleep, repeat. Located right by the beach, the Art hotel hosts not one but two haute gourmet restaurants and is therefore ideal for travelers who like to keep their gastronomies choices within short reach. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/spain/barcelona?utm_campaign=TBPSEUEGPN23&src=ps&pId=rztbppc

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